Fraud update from West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit

It’s Black Friday! Have you found a deal that seems too good to be true?

·  Criminals advertise products on auction sites at rock-bottom prices using fake payment pages to obtain your personal and financial information.

·  Be scam savvy by reading online reviews to ensure websites are genuine and use the payment methods recommended by reputable online retailers and auction sites.

·  Where possible, use a credit card for purchases over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

·  Read online reviews from reputable sources to confirm websites are genuine 

Bargain or a scam?

·  In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to tell, especially on Black Friday!

·  #TakeFive when shopping online, as criminals can trick you into purchasing goods that don’t exist by advertising too good to be true prices/offers or items that don’t really exist.

·  Stop – Taking a moment to stop and think can keep you and your money safe.

·  Challenge – Keep your money and information safe from criminals by only purchasing items from authorised sellers and doing your research fully before making a purchase.

·  Protect – if you think you’ve fallen for a scam contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Source: Take Five                                             

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

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